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High School Debut, Vol. 01

(High School Debut #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  24,953 ratings  ·  393 reviews
When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she's going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies an ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by VIZ Media, LLC (first published March 25th 2004)
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favorite shoujo mangas out there. All the characters are lovable despite their many flaws, particularly the main crazy duo: Haruna, who is just a ball of sunshine, and Yoh, the most adorable easily embarrassed kitten that can morph into a sexy mysterious man in like 2 pages. He's really multifaceted and that's pretty rare in shoujo love interests.

The story had moments that broke my heart and moments that made me laugh out loud. I'd say the plot has enough twists to keep you re
Dave Schaafsma
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Haruna Nagashima was a softball player and comic reader in middle school, not the recipe for popularity with guys, she figures. New to high school, she has set out on a quest to get a boyfriend. But she needs to be more feminine, and way cooler, obviously! She tries a number of silly makeovers that fail—she’s Clueless!--so she enlists the help of a boyfriend coach, upperclassman Yoh, who will help her as long as she doesn’t fall in love with HIM. He’s had enough with love, been hurt before, and ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am writing about the overall series. I finsihed reading the entire series on January 7, 2011.

The overal series was pretty great. I gave it a 4 star rating. Let's talk about some things now.

I. Love. Yoh. I just love him. He is so adorable! Andd I hate that I have to say that. But I can't help myself, he is SO ADORABLE! ANd cool, and awesome, and hot(lol) and all those other wors to descibe him. I love his personality and I love how he is easily embarrassed. He is just so ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!! I w
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
Pre-review thought Is it just me or does anyone else feel like a pedo for crushing on 17-year boys?
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Charming, makeover story, a manga Clueless. Kind of. Until now, Haruna has dedicated her life to softball. Now in high school, she has decided to dedicate her life to the pursuit of love. But she's hopeless. Not one single person will hit on her. So she gets a coach, the brooding, popular Yoh. As long as she doesn't fall for him, he will coach her. Typical manga plot here - the brother-sister type relationship that could become a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship at any time - a cozy way to look ...more
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: shoujo fans
Recommended to Cynthia by: originally read in scanlation, bought it, worth every penny
Shelves: manga, shoujo, viz
An excellent manga, plenty of humor, heartfelt dialogue and overall a highly recommended title!
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, ya
High school, or how wanting to be cute and liked by boys and fit into gender norms can transform a happy, confident, athletic girl into a depressed, insecure one who is still badly dressed and doesn't have a boyfriend.

Yoh is kind of a sucky makeover coach, actually. I wish I thought that was the point. I'm sure he'll end up with the girl, although Fumi seems much nicer.
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
I loved this volume more because of Yoh than Haruna. The art really made the difference, especially how Yoh is drawn so full of character! Love all his expressions! Also how his character used so much dialogue, it defined his character to me. His friends were really great and helped define Yoh even more - he's "critical" so would make a good coach. Really though its all about the words he used! We do get a hint about his back story. Basically a stellar scene is words coming out of Yoh's mouth!

Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-favorites, manga
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Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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As I had watched the film, the summary of the manga was known to me. So, when I started reading it I knew what was going to happen more or less, and some part of me was afraid that it would be just like so many other romantic manga out there. But then the fun part begun! The story I knew concluded in the third volume! Now, if you've read manga with many volumes, like this one, you know that it can take a really long time for the feelin
Last year, at Animecon, I bought 3 of the 3-in-1 volumes, but I never got round to reading them. Until last night that is, I wanted something that wasn't too much for my head to take in, something light and easy, and I settled on this one. I had time to read one of them (after that I was too tired), and I am hoping to read the other 2 today.
It was a fun, hilarious manga, though I do worry about the girl. She seems to have absolutely NO fashion-sense (who walks outside in a dress meant for a par
 Athena Ivashkova ~♥~
I feel like I should only rate and review novels on goodreads...because when I read manga, I'm not necessarily looking forward to compelling plots and thought-provoking, earth-shattering ideas and all that extravaganza. I can save that for my precious novels. I read manga to wind down, and think of all things fluffy and you, and fantastic art is a must. That is what is most important.

Kokou debut is definitely not the best manga I've read, or one of the better ones. It is satisfying
Lost Within The Pages ❤
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first ever taste of Manga....and I loved it! It was so cute, i kept wanted Haruna to admit who she was in love with!
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: C
Synopsis: A shōjo manga created by Kazune Kawahara, the series follows Haruna Nagashima, who has just entered high school. In Middle School, Haruna was dedicated to softball, and didn't get involved in much else. Now, in High School, she has decided to apply the same dedication to finding a boyfriend. There's only one problem, she doesn't have a clue how to get started.

At the beginning of the manga, we see Haruna in ridiculous outfits (well, not that ridiculous, but pretty bad),
Reader17 Der
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-read
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Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay. I'm linking my review to just volume one, but let it be said that I devoured this 13 volume series almost in a single shot. Guilty pleasure, shojo manga at its best...and one of the few that's actually given me some giggles along the way. In short, 'tom boy' Haruna decides that she wants to get in touch with her feminine side after starting high school. Translation: she wants a boyfriend. She plans, she researches, she fails miserably. And then she enlists the coolest, cutest guy in school ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
... Wow... This was an... interesting book. Um... There were so high points that made you laugh really hard but there were more low point. The whole book was simply awkward. It was extremely fun to read and to make fun of (shout out to Lily) but if you want a fantastic manga that you will fall in love with, I say that this isn't for you. Bottom line is: absolutely amazing to make fun of, horrible for a serious read. ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE high school debut!!!! Especially because Haruna is just like me, except I don't even try to get hit on.
Anyways Haruna doesnt know anything about clothes, like me.
She doesn't know how guys think, like me.
So this book was kinda like watching myself, but there's no Yoh in my life.
All the good looking guys are jerks.
I'm still too young to even think about dating :)
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A tomboyish girl name Karuna, wants to find a boyfriend now that she's starting high school. So she enlists the help of a student name Yoh to help her. Well this was a surprisingly good start to the series. I like the main character and one scene in particular made me smile. Definitely reading more of this series. ...more
Amber Hetchler
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Wow, I really loved this. Can't wait to read on. ...more
Brandi (Brandi Janee's Bookshelf)
The story is a little predictable but overall it’s really cute! I can’t wait to see where this story goes.
This was a funny, cute manga! I really want to see who Haruna ends up with. I like Yoh, but also Fumi, so at this point who cares, right? She'll likely end up with Yoh though. Anyway, this was a fun read, and would make a cute movie! 4 stars. ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

Only after reading the first chapter I realised that I have watched the movie years ago. I remember liking it.
This is fun to read. But not a fan of the main characters so far.
For my sports reading, I have to say that this isn't what I was expecting. I had to say that this is TERRIBLE! What do I mean by that? Well, let's take a look.

The story is tiresome and gets old really quickly. The characters are insufferable and completely forgettable. For being marked as a "sports" manga, there is nothing in here that is related to a sport except that the main character gave it all up just so she could have a shojo romance in high school! I'm not kidding. THAT is the plot of th
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Note: This review is for the entire series. I’ll only do individual reviews for a series when it has 5 volumes or less or I've received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

In High School Debut Haruna Nagashima has decided that she wants her high school life to be about more than sports. She wants a boyfriend. The problem is she has no idea how to achieve her goal. She decides she needs a coach and approaches Yoh Komiyama for help. Eventually, the two start dating and the series takes us thro
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my first time ever reading a manga book or comic whatever.I have to say that at first it was kind of confusing trying to figure out how to read this but once I figured it out I got through this book within 60 or 70 minutes.Me having not read other manga series this one really makes me want to get into the manga series comics.High School Debut Vol.1 was amazing.Mangas kind of remind me of soap opera typeish books.With like these ton of book in a series(this one has 13 books total) and it ...more
Lex Mori
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
High School Debut was one of those manga I kept running across in the backs of other manga and a couple times at the library and finally decided to give a try. Now I'm kicking myself for having waited this long.
This is Shojo through and through, and with an impressively great pace and structure. I can't say enough good about the execution of this one. There's a plot, there are twists, there are teeth rottingly sweet moments, and there is character development to boot. It's painstakingly obvious
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Haruna is a first year high school student who has never experienced love nor been asked out. Her focus had been entirely on sports throughout middle school and now she wants to give her all to finding love in high school.

I wasn't entirely sure if I would like this story but I got pretty sucked into the story right from the start. Haruna is such a clumsy, clueless girl - in fact in some ways she reminds me a lot of myself! - that she's extremely endearing. You can't help but laugh at her antics
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa
This was a pretty great start to this odd and funny series. It's been quite sometime, but I still remember that I watched the live action movie for this manga and was impressed by what I saw. It seemed perfectly cute, which it also is in manga form, so I'm glad I've finally gotten around to reading the series properly. (I was super lucky to just come across the first three volumes at the library.)

Overall I liked it less then I expected too, but that has little to do with the actual story and mo
When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she's going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

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Name (in native language) : 河原和音

Birth Date: March 11th, 1972
Blood Type: A
Zodiac: Pisces

Kazune Kawahara made her manga debut at age 18 with Kare no Ichiban Sukina Hito (His Most Favorite Person). Also, while thinking of her manga, she often spaces out and brings grocery baskets home. Adores her nieces.

Other books in the series

High School Debut (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 02 (High School Debut, #2)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 03 (High School Debut, #3)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 04 (High School Debut, #4)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 05 (High School Debut, #5)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 06 (High School Debut, #6)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 07 (High School Debut, #7)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 08  (High School Debut, #8)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 09 (High School Debut, #9)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 10 (High School Debut, #10)
  • High School Debut, Vol. 11 (High School Debut, #11)

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